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United States Patent 9,590,977
Kamperman March 7, 2017

Secure authenticated distance measurement

Abstract

The invention relates to a method for a first communication device to perform authenticated distance measurement between the first communication device and a second communication device, wherein the first and the second communication device share a common secret and the common secret is used for performing the distance measurement between the first and the second communication device. The invention also relates to a method of determining whether data stored on a first communication device are to be accessed by a second communication device. Moreover, the invention relates to a communication device for performing authenticated distance measurement to a second communication device. The invention also relates to an apparatus for playing back multimedia content comprising a communication device.


Inventors: Kamperman; Franciscus L. A. J. (Geldrop, NL)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.

Eindhoven

N/A

NL
Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V. (Eindhoven, NL)
Family ID: 1000002445656
Appl. No.: 15/229,207
Filed: August 5, 2016


Prior Publication Data

Document IdentifierPublication Date
US 20160359845 A1Dec 8, 2016

Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent NumberIssue Date
14538493Nov 11, 20149436809
10521858Nov 11, 20148886939
PCT/IB03/02932Jun 27, 2003

Foreign Application Priority Data

Jul 26, 2002 [EP] 02078076

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: H04L 63/0823 (20130101); H04L 43/0852 (20130101); H04L 43/16 (20130101); H04L 63/062 (20130101)
Current International Class: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 12/26 (20060101)

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Primary Examiner: Schwartz; Darren B

Parent Case Text



This application is a continuation of the patent applications entitled "Secure Authenticated Distance Measurement", filed on Nov. 11, 2014 and afforded Ser. No. 14/538,493 which claims priority pursuant to 35 USC 120, priority to and the benefit of the earlier filing date of, that patent application entitled "Secure Authenticated Distance Measurement", filed on Jan. 21, 2005 and afforded Ser. No. 10/521,858 (now U.S. Pat. No. 8,886,939), which claimed priority to and the benefit of the earlier filing date, as a National Stage Filing of that international patent application filed on Jun. 27, 2003 and afforded serial number PCT/IB2003/02932 (WO2004014037), which claimed priority to and the benefit of the earlier filing date of that patent application filed on Jul. 26, 2002 and afforded serial number EP 02078076.3, the contents of all of which are incorporated by reference, herein.

This application is further related to that patent application entitled "Secure authenticated Distance Measurement", filed on Jul. 24, 2009 and afforded Ser. No. 12/508,917 (now U.S. Pat. No. 8,543,819), issued Sep. 24, 2013), which claimed priority to and the benefit of the earlier filing date of that patent application entitled "Secure Authenticated Distance Measurement", filed on Jan. 21, 2005 and afforded Ser. No. 10/521,858 (now U.S. Pat. No. 8,886,939), the contents of which are incorporated by reference herein.
Claims



What is claimed is:

1. A receiving device comprising: means for providing a certificate identifying said receiving device; means for receiving a first signal from a first device after the first device determines, based on information obtained from the certificate, that the receiving device is compliant with a set of compliance rules; means for generating a second signal after receiving the first signal, wherein said second signal is derived using a secret known by the first device; means for transmitting said second signal; means for generating a secure authenticated channel using the secret; and means for receiving over the secure authenticated channel a protected content after the first device determines that the second signal is derived using the secret and a time between a transmission of the first signal and receipt of the second signal by the first device is less than a predetermined time.

2. The receiving device of claim 1, wherein said providing said certificate is responsive to a request.

3. The receiving device of claim 1, further comprising means for receiving said secret.

4. The receiving device of claim 1, further comprising means for transmitting said secret.

5. The receiving device of claim 4, wherein said secret is transmitted using a transfer protocol, said transfer protocol selected the group consisting of a key transport protocol, a key management protocol and a key exchange agreement.

6. The receiving device of claim 5, wherein said transfer protocol is determined by said receiving device.

7. The receiving device of claim 5, further comprising means for receiving said transfer protocol.

8. The receiving device of claim 1, further comprising means for displaying said received protected content.

9. The receiving device of claim 1, wherein the secret comprises a random number.

10. The second device of claim 1, wherein the predetermined time is based on a communication system associated with the first device.

11. A second device for receiving protected content, the second device comprising: a memory, the memory storing a public key and a private key, wherein the public key and private key are a pair; a microprocessor circuit connected to the memory via a communication bus, the microprocessor circuit arranged to: provide a certificate to a first device identifying said second device, said certificate comprising the public key; receive a first signal from a first device after the first device determines, based on information obtained from the certificate that the receiving device is compliant; obtain a secret encrypted by the public key, wherein the secret is known by the first device; use the private key to determine the secret; derive a second signal, wherein the second signal is the first signal modified using the secret; send the second signal to the first device after receiving the first signal; receive protected content after the first device has determined that at least the second signal is derived from the secret and a time difference between first device's provision of the first signal and first device's reception of the second signal difference is less than a predetermined time.

12. The second device of claim 11, wherein the secret comprises a random number.

13. The second device of claim 11, wherein the microprocessor circuit is further arranged to provide the secret to the first device.

14. The second device of claim 11, wherein the microprocessor circuit is further arranged to receive the secret from the first device.

15. The second device of claim 11, wherein the certificate comprise an identity of the second device.

16. The second device of claim 11, wherein the predetermined time is based on a communication system associated with the first device.

17. The second device of claim 11, wherein the microprocessor circuit is further arranged to: use the secret to generate a secure authenticated channel between the first device and the second device; and use the secure authenticated channel to receive the protected content.

18. The second device of claim 11, wherein the modification is a XOR operation using the first signal.

19. The second device of claim 11, wherein said secret is transmitted using a transfer protocol, said transfer protocol selected the group consisting of a key transport protocol, a key management protocol and a key exchange agreement.

20. The second device of claim 11, wherein the microprocessor circuit is further arranged to receive the secret by using a key transfer protocol.

21. The second device of claim 11, wherein the time difference is computed as the subtraction of a first time from a second time, wherein the first device notes a first time when the first signal is sent and notes a second time when the second signal is revived.

22. A method for a second device controlling of receiving a protected content, the method comprising: sending a certificate to a first device, the certificate providing information regarding the second device; receiving a first signal from the first device after the first device determines based on the certificate whether the second device is compliant with a set of compliance rules, wherein the second signal is derived using a secret known by the first device; sending a second signal to the first device after receiving the first signal; generating a secure authenticated channel using the secret; receiving over the secure authenticated channel the protected content after the first device determines that the second signal is derived using the secret and a time between a transmission of the first signal and receipt of the second signal by the first device is less than a predetermined time.

23. The method of claim 22, wherein said providing the certificate is responsive to a request.

24. The method of claim 22, further comprising a receiver of the secret.

25. The method of claim 22, further comprising a transmitter of the secret.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the secret is transmitted using a transfer protocol, said transfer protocol selected the group consisting of a key transport protocol, a key management protocol and a key exchange agreement.

27. The method of claim 26, wherein the transfer protocol is determined by the receiving device.

28. The method of claim 26, further comprising a receiver for the transfer protocol.

29. The method of claim 22, further comprising a display for displaying the protected content.

30. The method of claim 22, wherein the secret comprises a random number.

31. The method of claim 22, wherein the predetermined time is based on a communication system associated with the first device.
Description



The invention relates to a method for a first communication device to performing authenticated distance measurement between a first communication device and a second communication device. The invention also relates to a method of determining whether data stored on a first communication device is to be accessed by a second communication device. Moreover, the invention relates to a communication device for performing authenticated distance measurement to a second communication device. The invention also relates to an apparatus for playing back multimedia content comprising a communication device.

Digital media have become popular carriers for various types of data information. Computer software and audio information, for instance, are widely available on optical compact disks (CDs) and recently also DVD has gained in distribution share. The CD and the DVD utilize a common standard for the digital recording of data, software, images, and audio. Additional media, such as recordable discs, solid-state memory, and the like, are making considerable gains in the software and data distribution market.

The substantially superior quality of the digital format as compared to the analog format renders the former substantially more prone to unauthorized copying and pirating, further a digital format is both easier and faster to copy. Copying of a digital data stream, whether compressed, uncompressed, encrypted or non-encrypted, typically does not lead to any appreciable loss of quality in the data. Digital copying thus is essentially unlimited in terms of multi-generation copying. Analog data with its signal to noise ratio loss with every sequential copy, on the other hand, is naturally limited in terms of multi-generation and mass copying.

The advent of the recent popularity in the digital format has also brought about a slew of copy protection and DRM systems and methods. These systems and methods use technologies such as encryption, watermarking and right descriptions (e.g. rules for accessing and copying data).

One way of protecting content in the form of digital data is to ensure that content will only be transferred between devices if the receiving device has been authenticated as being a compliant device, and the user of the content has the right to transfer (move, copy) that content to another device.

If transfer of content is allowed, this will typically be performed in an encrypted way to make sure that the content cannot be captured illegally in a useful format.

Technology to perform device authentication and encrypted content transfer is available and is called a secure authenticated channel (SAC). Although it might be allowed to make copies of content over a SAC, the content industry is very bullish on content distribution over the Internet. This results in disagreement of the content industry on transferring content over interfaces that match well with the Internet, e.g. Ethernet.

Further, it should be possible for a user visiting his neighbor to watch a movie, which he owns, on the neighbor's big television screen. Typically, the content owner will disallow this, but it might become acceptable if it can be proved that a license holder of that movie (or a device that the license holder owns) is near that television screen.

It is therefore of interest to be able to include an authenticated distance measurement when deciding whether content should be accessed or copied by other devices.

In the article by Stefan Brands and David Chaum, "Distance-Bounding protocols", Eurocrypt '93 (1993), Pages 344-359, integration of distance-bounding protocols with public-key identification schemes is described. Here distance measurement is described based on time measurement using challenge and response bits and with the use of a commitment protocol. This does not allow authenticated device compliancy testing and is not efficient when two devices must also authenticate each other.

It is an object of the invention to obtain a solution to the problem of performing a secure transfer of content within a limited distance.

This is obtained by a method for a first communication device to performing authenticated distance measurement between the first communication device and a second communication device, wherein the first and the second communication device share a common secret and the common secret is used for performing the distance measurement between the first and the second communication device.

Because the common secret is being used for performing the distance measurement, it can be ensured that when measuring the distance from the first communication device to the second communication device, it is the distance between the right devices that is being measured.

The method combines a distance measurement protocol with an authentication protocol. This enables authenticated device compliancy testing and is efficient, because a secure channel is anyhow needed to enable secure communication between devices and a device can first be tested on compliancy before a distance measurement is executed.

In a specific embodiment, the authenticated distance measurement is performed according to the following steps,

transmitting a first signal from the first communication device to the second communication device at a first time t1, the second communication device being adapted for receiving the first signal, generating a second signal by modifying the received first signal according to the common secret and transmitting the second signal to the first device,

receiving the second signal at a second time t2,

checking if the second signal has been modified according to the common secret,

determining the distance between the first and the second communication device according to a time difference between t1 and t2.

When measuring a distance by measuring the time difference between transmitting and receiving a signal and using a secret, shared between the first and the second communication device, for determining whether the returned signal really originated from the second communication device, the distance is measured in a secure authenticated way ensuring that the distance will not be measured to a third communication device (not knowing the secret). Using the shared secret for modifying the signal is a simple way to perform a secure authenticated distance measurement.

In a specific embodiment the first signal is a spread spectrum signal. Thereby a high resolution is obtained and it is possible to cope with bad transmission conditions (e.g. wireless environments with a lot of reflections).

In another embodiment the step of checking if the second signal has been modified according to the common secret is performed by the steps of,

generating a third signal by modifying the first signal according to the common secret,

comparing the third signal with the received second signal.

This method is an easy and simple way of performing the check, but it requires that both the first communication device and the second communication device know how the first signal is being modified using the common secret.

In a specific embodiment the first signal and the common secret are bit words and the second signal comprises information being generated by performing an XOR between the bit words. Thereby, it is a very simple operation that has to be performed, resulting in demand for few resources by both the first and the second communication device when performing the operation.

In an embodiment the common secret has been shared before performing the distance measurement, the sharing being performed by the steps of,

performing an authentication check from the first communication device on the second communication device by checking whether the second communication device is compliant with a set of predefined compliance rules,

if the second communication device is compliant, sharing the common secret by transmitting the secret to the second communication device.

This is a secure way of performing the sharing of the secret, ensuring that only devices being compliant with compliance rules can receive the secret. Further, the shared secret can afterwards be used for generating a SAC channel between the two devices. The secret could be shared using e.g. key transport mechanisms as described in ISO 11770-3. Alternatively, a key agreement protocol could be used, which e.g. is also described in ISO 11770-3.

In another embodiment the authentication check further comprises checking if the identification of the second device is compliant with an expected identification. Thereby, it is ensured that the second device really is the device that it should be. The identity could be obtained by checking a certificate stored in the second device.

The invention also relates to a method of determining whether data stored on a first communication device are to be accessed by a second communication device, the method comprising the step of performing a distance measurement between the first and the second communication device and checking whether the measured distance is within a predefined distance interval, wherein the distance measurement is an authenticated distance measurement according to the above. By using the authenticated distance measurement in connection with sharing data between devices, unauthorized distribution of content can be reduced.

In a specific embodiment the data stored on the first device is sent to the second device if it is determined that the data stored on the first device are to be accessed by the second device.

The invention also relates to a method of determining whether data stored on a first communication device are to be accessed by a second communication device, the method comprising the step of performing a distance measurement between a third communication device and the second communication device and checking whether the measured distance is within a predefined distance interval, wherein the distance measurement is an authenticated distance measurement according to the above. In this embodiment, the distance is not measured between the first communication device, on which the data are stored, and the second communication device. Instead, the distance is measured between a third communication device and the second communication device, where the third communication device could be personal to the owner of the content.

The invention also relates to a communication device for performing authenticated distance measurement to a second communication device, where the communication device shares a common secret with the second communication device and where the communication device comprises means for measuring the distance to the second device using the common secret.

In an embodiment the device comprises:

means for transmitting a first signal to a second communication device at a first time t1, the second communication device being adapted for receiving the first signal, generating a second signal by modifying the received first signal according to the common secret and transmitting the second signal,

means for receiving the second signal at a second time t2,

means for checking if the second signal has been modified according to the common secret, and

means for determining the distance between the first and the second communication device according to a time difference between t1 and t2.

The invention also relates to an apparatus for playing back multimedia content comprising a communication device according to the above.

In the following preferred embodiments of the invention will be described referring to the figures, wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates authenticated distance measurement being used for content protection,

FIG. 2 is a flow diagram illustrating the method of performing authenticated distance measurement,

FIG. 3 illustrates in further detail the step of performing the authenticated distance measurement shown in FIG. 2,

FIG. 4 illustrates a communication device for performing authenticated distance measurement.

FIG. 1 illustrates an embodiment where authenticated distance measurement is being used for content protection. In the center of the circle 101 a computer 103 is placed. The computer comprises content, such as multimedia content being video or audio, stored on e.g. a hard disk, DVD or a CD. The owner of the computer owns the content and therefore the computer is authorized to access and present the multimedia content for the user. When the user wants to make a legal copy of the content to another device via e.g. a SAC, the distance between the other device and the computer 103 is measured and only devices within a predefined distance illustrated by the devices 105, 107, 109, 111, 113 inside the circle 101 are allowed to receive the content. Whereas the devices 115, 117, 119 having a distance to the computer 101 being larger than the predefined distance are not allowed to receive the content.

In the example a device is a computer, but it could e.g. also be a DVD drive, a CD drive or a Video, as long as the device comprises a communication device for performing the distance measurement.

In a specific example the distance might not have to be measured between the computer, on which the data are stored, and the other device, it could also be a third device e.g. a device being personal to the owner of the content which is within the predefined distance.

In FIG. 2 a flow diagram illustrates the general idea of performing authenticated distance measurement between two devices, 201 and 203 each comprising communication devices for performing the authenticated distance measurement. In the example the first device 201 comprises content which the second device 203 has requested. The authenticated distance measurement then is as follows. In step 205 the first device 201 authenticates the second device 203; this could comprise the steps of checking whether the second device 203 is a compliant device and might also comprise the step of checking whether the second device 203 really is the device identified to the first device 201. Then in step 207, the first device 201 exchanges a secret with the second device 203, which e.g. could be performed by transmitting a random generated bit word to second device 203. The secret should be shared securely, e.g. according to some key management protocol as described in e.g. ISO 11770.

Then in step 209, a signal for distance measurement is transmitted to the second device 203; the second device modifies the received signal according to the secret and retransmits the modified signal back to the first device. The first device 201 measures the round trip time between the signal leaving and the signal returning and checks if the returned signal was modified according to the exchanged secret. The modification of the returned signal according to some secret will most likely be dependent on the transmission system and the signal used for distance measurement, i.e. it will be specific for each communication system (such as 1394, Ethernet, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, etc.).

The signal used for the distance measurement may be a normal data bit signal, but also special signals other than for data communication may be used. In an embodiment spread spectrum signals are used to be able to get high resolution and to be able to cope with bad transmission conditions (e.g. wireless environments with a lot of reflections).

In a specific example a direct sequence spread spectrum signal is used for distance measurement; this signal could be modified by XORing the chips (e.g. spreading code consisting of 127 chips) of the direct sequence code by the bits of the secret (e.g. secret consists also of 127 bits). Also, other mathematical operations as XOR could be used.

The authentication 205 and exchange of secret 207 could be performed using the protocols described in some known ISO standards ISO 9798 and ISO 11770. For example the first device 201 could authenticate the second device 203 according to the following communication scenario: First device->Second device: R.sub.B.parallel.Text 1 where R.sub.B is a random number Second device->First device: CertA.parallel.TokenAB Where CertA is a certificate of A TokenAB=R.sub.A.parallel.R.sub.B.parallel.B.parallel.Text3.parallel.sS.su- b.A(R.sub.A.parallel.R.sub.B.parallel.B.parallel.Text2) R.sub.A is a random number Indentifier B is an option sS.sub.A is a signature set by A using private key S.sub.A

If TokenAB is replaced with the token as specified in ISO 11770-3 we at the same time can do secret key exchange. We can use this by substituting Text2 by: Text2:=eP.sub.B(A.parallel.K.parallel.Text2).parallel.Text3 Where eP.sub.B is encrypted with Public key B A is identifier of A K is a secret to be exchanged

In this case the second device 203 determines the key (i.e. has key control), this is also called a key transport protocol, but also a key agreement protocol could be used. This may be undesirable in which case it can be reversed, such that the first device determines the key. A secret key has now been exchanged according to step 207 in FIG. 2. Again, the secret key could be exchanged by e.g. a key transport protocol or a key agreement protocol.

After the distance has been measured in a secure authenticated way as described above content, data can be sent between the first and the second device in step 211 in FIG. 2.

FIG. 3 illustrates in further detail the step of performing the authenticated distance measurement. As described above the first device 301 and the second device 303 have exchanged a secret; the secret is stored in the memory 305 of the first device and the memory 307 of the second device. In order to perform the distance measurement, a signal is transmitted to the second device via a transmitter 309. The second device receives the signal via a receiver 311 and 313 modifies the signal by using the locally stored secret. The signal is modified according to rules known by the first device 301 and transmitted back to the first device 301 via a transmitter 315. The first device 301 receives the modified signal via a receiver 317 and in 319 the received modified signal is compared to a signal, which has been modified locally. The local modification is performed in 321 by using the signal transmitted to the second device in transmitter 309 and then modifying the signal using the locally stored secret similar to the modification rules used by the second device. If the received modified signal and the locally modified signal are identical, then the received signal is authenticated and can be used for determining the distance between the first and the second device. If the two signals are not identical, then the received signal cannot be authenticated and can therefore not be used for measuring the distance as illustrated by 325. In 323 the distance is calculated between the first and the second device; this could e.g. be performed by measuring the time, when the signal is transmitted by the transmitter 309 from the first device to the second device and measuring when the receiver 317 receives the signal from the second device. The time difference between transmittal time and receive time can then be used for determining the physical distance between the first device and the second device.

In FIG. 4 a communication device for performing authenticated distance measurement is illustrated. The device 401 comprises a receiver 403 and a transmitter 411. The device further comprises means for performing the steps described above, which could be by executing software using a microprocessor 413 connected to memory 415 via a communication bus 417. The communication device could then be placed inside devices such as a DVD, a computer, a CD, a CD recorder, a television and other devices for accessing protected content.

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